September 2012

Skills for Life: Sewing Class Provides Hand Up for Guatemalan Women

By David Snyder In a room full of sewing machines, Maria Estella Nimacachi focuses intently on a small patch of blue cloth, feeding it delicately …

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September 2012

Graduation Day for Teachers: Workshop Bolsters Educator Skills in Guatemala

By David Snyder Learning a new language is hard. But entrepreneurs in the tourist community of San Pedro la Leguna, Guatemala, found out that teaching …

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September 2012

Green Space: Community Group Has Big Plans for Ecotourism in Guatemala

Santos Gutierrez casts his eyes into the treetops and sends a series of long, slow whistles into the branches overhead. A small, gray-headed bird appears. For Gutierrez, it is a chance to connect with nature – and a sign of how far the people of Chuamazan have come in their use of this forest.

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August 2012

Bak’tun Route celebrates Mayan history

Some people are preparing for the world to end Dec. 21, but communities in Guatemala are preparing in other ways: developing and marketing tourism routes that celebrate Mayan history.

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June 2012

Deal to Bring Eco-Lodge to Ethiopian Park

Ethiopia is taking a key step toward conserving one of its natural treasures: making it more accessible to tourists.

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May 2012

Mauritania: Village Development Committees Increasing Food Security and Resiliency

For the 53 members of the Bouté women’s cooperative in Mauritania’s Guidimakha region, a simple grain mill was all it took to transform their community.

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May 2012

Mauritania: Microfinance for Resiliency – But Will It Last?

When we think of responses to malnutrition and ways to help communities survive crises like food shortages and drought, many people’s minds often turn to visions of warehouses full of food for distribution to communities unable to pull themselves out of poverty.

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May 2012

Mauritania: Bringing Health Services to Rural Communities

Maté Mint Sidi Ali says she never envisioned being a leader in health. But when Counterpart International came to her village in Mauritania’s Guidimakha region recruiting volunteers to serve as Community Health Workers, she jumped at the chance.

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May 2012

Mauritania: Malnutrition in the Crisis

It’s easy to see the fear in parents’ eyes when they talk about their children’s health during the current drought and food crisis in Mauritania.

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May 2012

Mauritania: Lowering the Casualty Toll of Drought

By Alisha Rodriquez, Senior Program Development Officer On a drive across drought-stricken regions of Mauritania, the desert is punctuated by slowly decaying animal carcasses among …

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